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Hello friends,

I’d like to discuss this sentence: “I feel amazing.”

I quite often hear native speakers say this and (1) I believe it’s grammatically acceptable but wonder if it has ever been controversial grammarwise. (2) I believe that it simply means “I feel great / wonderful / excellent” as “amazing” is a synonym of these words and that it doesn’t mean “I feel that I am amazing” and definitely not “I feel amazed”. If it means “I feel that I am amazing”, we can likewise say “I feel boring”, “I feel interesting”, “I feel inspiring” but I don’t think these sound right.

If my beliefs (1) and (2) are correct, then I have a question:

(3) Can you think of any other -ing words that can possibly fit into this pattern: “I feel [-ing]”? I can’t.

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Hi, Kinto,

@Kinto posted:

I’d like to discuss this sentence: “I feel amazing.”

I quite often hear native speakers say this and (1) I believe it’s grammatically acceptable but wonder if it has ever been controversial grammarwise. (2) I believe that it simply means “I feel great / wonderful / excellent” as “amazing” is a synonym of these words and that it doesn’t mean “I feel that I am amazing” and definitely not “I feel amazed”. If it means “I feel that I am amazing”, we can likewise say “I feel boring”, “I feel interesting”, “I feel inspiring” but I don’t think these sound right.

If my beliefs (1) and (2) are correct, then I have a question:

(3) Can you think of any other -ing words that can possibly fit into this pattern: “I feel [-ing]”? I can’t.

"I feel amazing" does not mean "I feel that I am amazing" just as "I feel great" does not mean "I feel that I am great."

The point is that "I feel..." is used to express how you feel, not what you feel you are like. To express the latter, we can say:

- I feel like a/n ... person.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor
@Kinto posted:

I’d like to discuss this sentence: “I feel amazing.”

. . . I believe that it simply means “I feel great / wonderful / excellent” as “amazing” is a synonym of these words and that it doesn’t mean “I feel that I am amazing” and definitely not “I feel amazed”.

One meaning of "amazing," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is "great beyond expectation." "I feel amazing" basically means "I feel wonderful": "I feel so good I could say WOW," "My feelings right now are amazing to me," "My feelings are amazingly good," "I am amazed at how good I feel."

@Kinto posted:

(3) Can you think of any other -ing words that can possibly fit into this pattern: “I feel [-ing]”? I can’t.

Although it isn't nearly so commonly used, it is possible to say "I feel interesting" with the meaning "I feel peculiar" or "I'm not really sure how I feel."

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